NPA to prevent Egina FPSO’s entry into Nigerian waters

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Owing to rising debts, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced the immediate suspension of service boats operations in all its pilotage districts until the full settlement of debts accruing from unpaid pilotage dues by International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other beneficiaries of the services, THISDAY reports.

This is just as the NPA gave indication that it might prevent the Egina FPSO, which is due to arrive Nigeria in January, 2018 from accessing Nigerian waterways. According to a statement signed by Abdullahi Goje, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, the decision to stop the operation of service boats to debtor companies followed the failure and refusal of the affected companies to honour their obligations to the Authority in spite of several reminders.

On the Egina FPSO, whose main component is currently sailing from South Korea to be coupled with its top side being fabricated at the LADOL Free Trade Zone, Tarkwa Bay, the statement explained that the refusal of the parties involved in the project to request for towage and pilotage service from the NPA, (being the only organisation empowered to provide same in the country), is contrary to the laws of the country and would be resisted.